11,500 students and chaperones from schools in Baldwin and Mobile counties have visited the zoo during the 2007-2008 school year. We offer discounted admissions to the zoo for qualifying school groups. Each reservation includes an educational animal program for students. Keepers give an informal talk about the animals they are presenting to the students. The animal is then taken through the audience to allow everyone to get a closer look at them. Educational programs are also tailored to accommodate special needs groups. Please call us at 251.968.5732 to set up a reservation.
The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo supports Baldwin and Mobile County schools participating in the Educational Job Shadowing Program. Students “shadow” staff members around and observe workers in action. They also participate “hands on” by doing some of the work of the employee they are job shadowing. Job Shadowing programs consist of as little as four hours in one day up to a full school week.
Off Site Programs:
Out-reach programs include visits to schools, churches, assisted living centers and city-sponsored special events. Zoo keepers escort animals to special events, offering the public an opportunity to see and learn about exotic animals outside the zoo environment.
A week long educational day camp is offered to children 5 to 12 years old. The camp is held annually during the third full week of June. The program is conducted by a volunteer staff of certified school teachers. Children learn about exotic animals, enjoy games and animal-related activities, and participate in hands-on projects.
Susan B. McInnis Educational Facility:
This facility is currently under construction. When opened, the facility will accommodate animal related educational programs and will include a multimedia center with computers and televisions, class rooms, a reference library and an animal artifacts museum.
The Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo relies solely on admissions, memberships and contributions to remain in business. The local community and businesses have been generous in donating money, building supplies and services in years past. Substantial on-going funding through sponsorships, grants, and endowments from major corporations did not exist before 1998. These additional sources of revenue are now being actively pursued to ensure the zoo's longevity.